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08-30-2012, 01:36 PM
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He'd be one of their 6 best defencemen and top 3 offensive defencemen. It really is that simple... you can look for a multitude of specific reasons why you don't want him, and I could look for a multitude of specific reasons why you do want. At the end of the day, it's all ####. You get better by getting better players. Franson is a better player than what the Oilers have.
As for why we'd be prepared to trade him for Khabibulin, Toronto has a preference for a shutdown guy in Franson's position (should be attainable with MacArthur) and desparately needs a goaltender.
I'm not suggesting he's the right player for Edmonton to burn a ton of assets on. But to completely dismiss the notion of adding a defencman superior to those that would presently be in the opening day lineup is ridiculous.
You continually skip over the proof aspect in your arguments...simply because it doesn't exist. Franson is simply not enough of an upgrade to our bottom pairing to move assets we do have a future need for. Franson at best would be a stop gap solution while we wait 1 year on Klefbom(who absolutely has a better ceiling than Franson).
Even if Franson was the 3rd best (highly debatable now likely put to bed by December with Schultz, Whitney, and Perry competing for puck movers) it would be for 1a year until our own prospects are NHL ready and push Franspn out of ice time.
Simply doesn't make sense for Edmonton to make this move.
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